Private sector countdown events to go ahead in Bangkok on New Year’s Eve

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New Year countdown events organised by the private sector in Bangkok can still go ahead, provided they adhere to strict disease control guidelines, according to a Bangkok Post report. The CCSA is giving the go-ahead despite the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration cancelling government-organised events in the capital over concerns about the Omicron variant.

Supoj Malaniyom from the CCSA says private sector events can go ahead, as long as they’ve received prior approval and adhere to safety measures.

“City Hall and authorities in other provinces will have to enforce strict compliance with the precautions prescribed by the Public Health Ministry.”

Yesterday, the BMA decided to axe government-organised events in the capital amid fears of a surge in Omicron infections. Deputy governor Kriengyos Sudlapha says City Hall has been monitoring the effects of the Omicron variant as it spreads rapidly in other countries. He says the BMA has taken on board advice issued by the World Health Organisation that countries should postpone New Year countdown events.

The Bangkok Post reports that all official events in the capital have now been cancelled, including an overnight prayer ceremony and a morning gathering to offer alms to monks on New Year’s Day. This event was expected to take place at Larn Khon Muang near the Giant Swing but will no longer go ahead. Various other religious ceremonies organised by district offices and due to take place around the capital have also been axed.

Events organised by the private sector can still go ahead but Kriengyos says they must adhere to disease control measures. These include screening and limiting the number of attendees and ensuring they wear masks and observe social distancing. Two of the biggest events still going ahead in the capital will take place at Iconsiam and Central World.

“We will not ban those events, but we are seeking their cooperation. The guidelines set by the Public Health Ministry must be strictly followed.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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